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New shows planned for 4 Extra

BBC Radio 4 Extra, due to launch on April 2nd, will bring with it new presenters and new programmes.

Comedians Rufus Hound, Arthur Smith and Andi Osho will join the schedule, along with current programmes already heard on Radio 7.

Rufus Hound will present a new half-hour weekly look at the world of comedy, called What's So Funny?

"There are so many programmes that give a weekly round-up of everything in the world of comedy; it's hard to know how we'll really differentiate ourselves. Well, let me ask you this question – when was the last time you heard news about Jimmy Carr being read by a man who can bench press almost 100 kilograms? Well, tell your future self to stop worrying, I'm on my way."

Andi Osho will present Sunday nights, Arthur Smith will host on Monday to Thursday and there will be a rolling line-up of guest presenters every Friday.

On joining Radio 4 Extra and the Comedy Club, Arthur Smith says: "Having worked a lot on Radio 4 it seems only right to do Radio 4 Extra. I shall enjoy listening to some prime radio comedy, some of which I know and some of which I'm looking forward to hearing for the first time (and maybe nicking the best jokes from). I shall also enjoy catching up with fellow comics and wearing some silly hats."

Andi Osho will also host Sneaky Peeks which does what it says on the tin… it gives the Radio 4 Extra audience a sneaky peek at the best of Radio 4 Extra and Radio 4 comedy for the following week.

On Saturday 2 April, 1.15-1.30pm, there will be a one-off special for the Radio 4 Extra launch day. The weekly show will then be broadcast within Friday's edition of The 4 O'Clock Show and repeated individually every Saturday, 1.15-1.30pm.

On joining Radio 4 Extra, Andi Osho says: "I'm delighted to be joining the Radio 4 Extra team. I want nothing more than being on in the background when people are doing stuff… like a really smiley stalker."

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